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 for hand-hacking
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hand-hacking
   n.
  
      1. [rare] The practice of translating hot spots from an HLL into
      hand-tuned assembler, as opposed to trying to coerce the compiler into
      generating better code. Both the term and the practice are becoming
      uncommon. See tune, by hand; syn. with v. cruft.
  
      2. [common] More generally, manual construction or patching of data sets
      that would normally be generated by a translation utility and interpreted
      by another program, and aren't really designed to be read or modified by
      humans.
  

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